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MA/Diploma Landscape Studies


Course Description

About the course

This course provides a foundation in landscape architecture. You’ll explore different aspects of the discipline, learn skills and write a dissertation on a landscape topic that matters to you. If you complete this course, you may be able to join the second year of the MA Landscape Architecture and work towards a professional qualification.

The end-of-year exhibition gives you the chance to present your work to prospective employers.

Your career

Our graduates work all over the world,
in private practice and for public organisations. Some work for councils
and national parks or for wildlife trusts. Others go into conservation and forestry.
Our graduates also work in administration and policy making for organisations such
as Natural England and DEFRA.

A world-leading department

The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) rates us the best landscape department in the UK. World-leading research informs our masters courses. You’ll be taught by leading experts such as Catherine Dee, Anna Jorgensen, Nigel Dunnett, and Olympic meadows co-designer James Hitchmough.

We offer taught courses including design, management, planning, and the ecological, social and cultural aspects of landscape. Our Postgraduate Diploma in Landscape Architecture is accredited by the Landscape Institute and the International Federation of Landscape Architects.

A creative environment

Each year-group has access to a studio. You’ll use the latest technology, just as you would in practice. Our computer suites are equipped with CAD and digital imaging and publishing software, and A4–A0 colour printing facilities.

We’re based in the Arts Tower, an iconic, Grade II* listed building that has just had a £25 million refurbishment. Our studios are equipped with wireless and digital projection facilities, portfolio and locker space and you have your own kitchen and common room.

In the UK’s greenest city

Sheffield is an exciting place to be a landscape student. It’s England’s fourth largest city and also its greenest in terms of public open space and tree cover. The many urban parks and extensive green infrastructure provide inspiration for much of our project work.

Core modules

Landscape Architecture: nature, design, and people; Urban Ecological Design and Management; Landscape Planning; Landscape Urbanism and Design; Introduction to Landscape Research; Research Proposal and Dissertation Preparation; Landscape Research Dissertation.

Teaching and assessment

There are lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials, critical feedback sessions, site visits and practicals. You’re assessed on coursework assignments, dissertation, oral presentation and examination.

Visit the MA/Diploma Landscape Studies page on the University of Sheffield website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Good undergraduate honours degree. English language requirements: overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component, or equivalent.

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